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Domestic Violence Archives

Wife and daughter fight over care of actor Tim Conway

Actor Tim Conway is famous for his offbeat comedy roles and particularly as a cast member of the Carol Burnett show. Unfortunately, the 84-year-old actor now suffers from advanced stages of dementia.

Judge of Stanford rape case ousted

The people of California have spoken loudly in the June 5 mid-term elections, recalling a sitting California judge for the first time since 1932. Judge Aaron Persky received national condemnation for sentencing a former Stanford swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. The prosecution had asked for a six-year sentence.

How do I obtain a restraining order in California?

It is sometimes necessary to take out a restraining order against someone you fear may harm you, particularly if that person is a spouse or other intimate partner. A restraining order, also known as a protective order, can offer protection from further abuse.

Understanding the different types of domestic abuse

There are many widespread misconceptions about domestic violence. One of the most common is that domestic abuse is always physical in nature. In fact, there are many different types of domestic abuse that do not require physical violence.

Special divorce concerns for victims of domestic abuse

What concerns a person has going into a divorce can be impacted by a great many things. This includes what happened to them leading up to the divorce. For example, when a person experienced domestic violence at the hands of their spouse, various special concerns can be present for them when they are divorcing their spouse.

Punishing the Victim.

One of the most rewarding aspects of practicing law is helping people who need and deserve assistance. At times, however, our legal system can feel more like a barrier than a refuge. This can especially be true when victims of domestic violence seek help from our courts. Challenges present themselves at every turn.

New Developments Under the DVPA - Part 2 of 2

Though the findings in Evilsizor v Sweeney, as discussed last week in New Developments Under the Law (Part 1 of 2), concern me greatly, I find myself in accord with the recent decision made by the 2nd Appellate District Court, Division 3, in Isidora M. v Silvino M. (2015 WL4600037), handed down on July 31, 2015.  

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